Iztaccihuatl Journals

Reach the sky, on top of the White Lady

A May 2004 trip to Iztaccihuatl by JesusW

Popo viewed from Izta Photo, Iztaccihuatl, Mexico More Photos
Quote: Climbing one of the tallest mountains (actually an extinct volcano) in America is a sensation not comparable to any aerial view you can get on TV. You have to be there.

Reach the sky, on top of the White Lady

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Overview

Popo viewed from Izta Photo, Iztaccihuatl, Mexico
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The Iztaccihuatl is the third tallest mountain in Mexico at 5,220m/17,130-feet high and is not a very easy one to climb, but fortunately it is not impossible to do so. Even without a big mountain-climbing background or super-athletic condition (like myself), you can do it. You can reach the base of the mountain by car (at 4,000m) and camp overnight. The trip starts in Mexico City, which gives you a chance to get used to the altitude. The name of the mountain means "white woman," and it's of Aztec origins. The reason is evident once you see it for the first time. Looking at it from the Valley of Mexico, it looks like the silhouette of a woman lying down, and when the snows cover it, the nam...Read More
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Best Things Nearby:Enjoy the nearby active volcano, Popocatepetl, or Popo for short. It's off-limits due to the dangers involved with hot ashes and sporadic magma flow and pyroclastic ejecta. In the town of Amecameca, you can get a good variety of local food and candy.Best Things About the Resort:The view--you get to enjoy the closeness to two volcanoes.Resort Experience:This is not exactly a campground in the terms of an American vision; it used to be the "alpine refuge," or base camp, in the middle of the two mountains, but after Popo reactivation and closing of the surrounding area, less people come this place. There used to be a restaur...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 8, 2005

Paso de Cortez
Parque Nacional Izta-Popo
Iztaccihuatl, Mexico

La Joya /The Jewel

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Restaurant

Base Camp Photo, Iztaccihuatl, Mexico
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This is the only food source if you are climbing the south route of the mountain. Normally, you arrive the afternoon/night before to attempt the climb, and on your way down (if you have properly planned your trip), you will reach the base of the mountain (and your car) by 4pm or before sunset. At this time of the day, there are some locals that come to make quesadillas, tlacoyos, and hot coffee on site. After all that climbing, you want two things above all: to remove your boots and to eat something warm, tasty, and high in calories. Here, you get both wishes granted. Nobody would mind if you removed your mountain boots, and the food vendor will be more than happy to provide you...Read More

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Los Cochinitos

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Restaurant

Los Cochinitos Photo, Iztaccihuatl, Mexico
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On your way back from the mountain, the place to stop is this restaurant, very conveniently located, on the side of the highway. Look for carnitas. When in Mexico, you should try las carnitas (the little meats), although they are nothing small, especially when you take into account the calories and lipid count. As Garfield once said, If it's not deep fried, it's not worth eating. Here, carnitas is a synonym of great flavor, wonderful food, and lots of calories. Los Cochinitos (the little pigs) is a restaurant that specializes in... guess what? Pork meat deeply fried in its own lard with several presentations: gorditas, carnitas, etc., but they are all good. On their website,...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 22, 2005

Los Cochinitos
KM 34.5 Carretera México-Cuautla
Iztaccihuatl, Mexico
5975-4098

Mountain Climbing

Attraction | "Mountain Climbing for Beginners"

Mountain Climbing Photo, Iztaccihuatl, Mexico
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This is one of the tallest mountains in the country, only surpased by the Pico de Orizaba and Popocatepetl. The view from the top on a clear day is unique; you can see Pico de Orizaba to the east, Popocatepetl to the south, Nevado de Toluca to the west, and all of them for the same price. Neat, huh? As this mountain is composed of three extinct calderas very close to each other, the erosion has shaped it into the form of a woman resting on her back, and you can clearly see from the distance some shapes very unique: the head, the breasts, the hips, knee and the feet. As the title implies, I have no climbing ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 8, 2005

Mountain Climbing
Volcan Iztaccihuatl
Iztaccihuatl, Mexico